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Using Object-Oriented Features in Objective-C
By Jesse Feiler
Apr 22, 2014
This chapter explains the messaging structure that is at the heart of Objective-C., using the common alloc and init methods as examples.
Introduction to Classes, Objects, Methods and Strings in Java SE8
By Harvey Deitel, Paul Deitel
Apr 9, 2014
This chapter shows how to create your own Java classes and methods, presenting a case study on creating and using a simple, real-world bank account class — Account. This chapter also introduces data type double to represent an account balance as a number that can contain a decimal point—such numbers are called floating-point numbers.
Why the 3.5" Form Factor Still Matters - Even in the Age of the iPhone 5S and Later
By Erica Sadun
Apr 9, 2014
It’s good to be regularly reminded about non-obvious testing targets that you might not have been thinking about. Here are some extra reasons you should continue targeting the 3.5” form factor for the foreseeable future.
The Big Nerd Ranch Guide to iOS Programming: Managing Memory with ARC
By Aaron Hillegass, Joe Conway, Christian Keur
Apr 1, 2014
In this chapter, you will learn how memory is managed in iOS and the concepts that underlie automatic reference counting, or ARC.
Apache Hadoop YARN Install Quick Start
By Arun C. Murthy, Doug Eadline, Jeff Markham, Joseph Niemiec, Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli
Mar 31, 2014
Although motivated by the needs of large clusters, YARN is capable of running on a single cluster node or desktop machine. The instructions in this chapter will allow you to install and explore Apache Hadoop version 2 with YARN on a single machine.
5 Web Technologies You Can't Afford To Ignore
By Phil Ballard
Mar 27, 2014
Some technologies are so important that it pays every web developer to have a basic knowledge of them. Phil Ballard lists five critical web technologies for 2014, the basics of which every web developer should grasp.
The 5 Most Important Skills a Web Developer Needs
By Tim Wright
Mar 27, 2014
Tim Wright, author of Learning JavaScript: A Hands-On Guide to the Fundamentals of Modern JavaScript, tells you about the real skills a web developer needs. You might be surprised that the majority of them have nothing to do with writing code and more to do with dealing with people and knowing yourself.
iOS Development: A Fistful of Directive Tricks
By Erica Sadun
Mar 26, 2014
Although many compiler directives exist in the Xcode wild, many developers rarely move past #define (to create macros) or #pragma mark (to add bookmarks). There’s so much more you can do. Compiler directives are language add-ons that specify how Xcode processes its input. Xcode’s Clang compiler offers a rich suite of possibilities. This quick write-up offers a few of these directives, and you learn how they can enable you to harness warnings and errors for the greatest information impact.
Java SE 8: Why Should I Care?
By Steven Haines
Mar 25, 2014
Java retains its object-oriented roots, but has added many functional programming constructs to help it better manage parallel processing. Java expert Steven Haines reviews the must-know features added to Java SE 8.
Java SE 8’s New Language Features, Part 1: Interface Default/Static Methods and Lambda Expressions
By Jeff Friesen
Mar 25, 2014
In Part 1 of a two-part series on Java 8 language features, Jeff Friesen introduces you to default/static methods and lambda expressions/functional interfaces.
Apache Hadoop YARN: A Brief History and Rationale
By Arun C. Murthy, Doug Eadline, Jeff Markham, Joseph Niemiec, Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli
Mar 24, 2014
This chapter provides a historical account of why and how Apache Hadoop YARN came about.
Applying AJAX to a PHP App to Make It Highly Responsive
By B.M. Harwani
Mar 20, 2014
AJAX is rapidly becoming an integral part of websites. It not only provides better interactivity but also reloads the dynamic content of web pages quicker than traditional web pages. Learn to apply AJAX in PHP applications to enhance interaction between the user and application.
Building Windows Store Apps with with HTML5 and JavaScript
By Stephen Walther
Feb 20, 2014
This chapter teaches the basics of building Windows Store apps, showing how to take advantage of the features of Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 to build, run, and debug a Windows Store app.
Protect C++ Legacy Programs by Using Python
By Stephen B. Morris
Feb 11, 2014
Stephen B. Morris illustrates a simple way to execute C++ programs by using Python. This approach is lightweight and yet robust, taking advantage of Python's powerful exception-management facilities. Learn how to achieve deeper integration between C++ and Python, while addressing important design issues.
Jumping into jQuery and JavaScript Syntax
By Brad Dayley
Jan 29, 2014
This chapter covers ways to add jQuery and JavaScript to your web pages, creating and manipulating arrays of objects, adding code logic to JavaScript, and implementing JavaScript functions for cleaner code.
An Introduction to Python Web Development Using the Pyramid Framework, Part 7
By Jesse Smith
Jan 13, 2014
In Part 7 of his seven-part series on learning Python Pyramid, Jesse Smith concludes the series by talking about the HTTP and Session objects.
WordPress 3.6 More of the Same, Only Better
By Tris Hussey
Jan 13, 2014
Most of the updates in WordPress 3.6 are “under the hood” and just make WordPress faster and more stable, but there are a few great new touches for users of all levels.
Use the WordPress App to Become a Mobile Blogger
By Jason Rich
Jan 9, 2014
Discover the flexibility that comes from using the WordPress app. You can easily manage a WordPress website or blog from an iPad, allowing you to create text, photo, video and/or audio content while on the go, and then publish it directly from the tablet to the web.
Top 10 Changes for Building Windows Store Apps with Windows 8.1
By Stephen Walther
Jan 8, 2014
If you are about to build a new Windows Store app, or you need to migrate an existing Windows 8 app to Windows 8.1, you need to be aware of changes Microsoft made that affect Windows Store app development. Stephen Walther outlines the top 10 in this article.
An Introduction to Python Web Development Using the Pyramid Framework, Part 6
By Jesse Smith
Jan 6, 2014
In Part 6 of his seven-part series on learning Python Pyramid, Jesse Smith covers how to use Pyramid templates.

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